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The Power of Political Cartoons

a cartoon of a man having a tooth pulledThursday, September 28, 2017
Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Ralph Wintrob
Who doesn't love a political cartoon that satirizes what's behind the headlines. But what does it take to create these editorial illustrations? Learn about Canadian cartoonists Josh Silburt, Gary Clement and how their drawings have influenced public perceptions.

Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)
Born and raised in Manitoba, Canadian Jewish artist and political cartoonist Josh Silburt (1914 – 1991) studied at the Winnipeg School of Art and at the Ontario College of Art. His political cartoons appeared in all major Toronto newspapers in the early 1940’s. Silburt’s artistic ambition collided head on with his politics and Jewish identity throughout the upheavals of the Great Depression, WWII, and in the early days of the Cold War. Eventually, Silburt gave up cartooning and became a prolific painter, developing his own unique style of palette knife application, capturing the beauty and ruggedness of his beloved Canada.

2016 Gary Clement political cartoons

Gary Clement has been the daily political cartoonist for Canada’s National Post in Toronto since the newspaper’s launch in 1998. His illustration work has appeared in magazines and newspapers as diverse as Mother Jones, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, The Guardian, and The National (Abu Dhabi). His work has been selected for American Illustration on numerous occasions. His second book, The Great Poochini, received the Governor General’s award for Children’s Literature Illustration in 1999. In 2007 one of his cartoons was a Top 10 selection by Time and his work has frequently appeared in The Sunday New York Times Week In Review section.


This lecture complements the Miles Nadal JCC Gallery exhibition titled “A Colourful Life: The Art and Drawing of Josh Silburt” featuring Silburt’s political cartoons and landscape paintings. This exhibition will be on display in the Miles Nadal JCC Jacobs’ Lounge September 6-October 1, 2017.

an older gentleman smilesRaphael (Ralph) Wintrob is a former journalist with the CBC, a teacher and teacher-librarian.
In 1989, Ralph was a founding member and chair of the Jewish Theatre Committee of Toronto, which was created as a standing committee of the Toronto Jewish Cultural Council of the Toronto Jewish Congress, and was in operation until the year 2000. Its goal was to promote dramatic activities as a medium of Jewish cultural programming by encouraging new theatre groups, offering guidance in Jewish drama programming, to promote and develop new talent and scripts, and to work towards a Jewish Drama Festival. In 1989, Ralph also co-founded the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, which was adopted by the Miles Nadal JCC in 1999 and continues to run today.
In recent years, at the Miles Nadal JCC, Ralph has given the very entertaining lectures “The Story of Jacob Adler - Father of the Yiddish Theatre” and “The Life and Times of Davy the Punk: A Tale of Toronto’s Gambling World”.

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